Dragons are large reptiles with or without wings that can either breathe fire or are very venomous. Dragons are often called as the bad guy in fairy tales, but they are often wise and good creatures in modern day stories. Dragons in stories we hear in modern day are often Chinese or European dragons.
The word dragon comes from the Latin word Draco, (Not Draco Malfoy Harry Potter fans, sorry) referring to any great serpent, mythological or not. It also came from the greek word Drakon, translated into serpent of huge size or water-snake.
Types of DragonsEdit
- American Amphithere
- Mexican Amphithere
- Asian Lung
Dragon Life cyclesEdit
Dragons are born in eggs, like all reptiles, but there are many different ideas to how the eggs hatch and go about the life cycle. The Fantasy Encyclopedia says when dragon eggs are laid, they do not hatch for 3,000 years. When the eggs hatch, the dragon crawls out and turns into a full-sized dragon within minutes, born able to fly. Others believe dragons hatch from their eggs and age and grow regularly. The lifespan of a dragon is argued often, but most accounts tell that dragons live long lives, hundred to thousands of years possibly. In the book The Dragonology Handbook, the author states that once a dragon reaches the age of twenty, it's length is always the same percentage of it's age. The book Arthur Spiderwick's Field guide to the fantastical world around you says that Dragons lay vast quantities of eggs, few of which will hatch and even fewer live to adulthood. Specific dragons lay their eggs in specific places, such as the Tibetan, who lays her eggs in fresh snow, or the Chinese Lung, who lays her eggs in fresh running water. The Cockatrice's form of hatching has many ideas, but a popular idea is that they are hatched from an egg (whether it is a hen's, cockeral's or a cockatrice egg is uncertain) by a snake or a toad.
Dragons eat meals large and small. Food dragons eat are:
- Polar bears
- Farm animals
- Large marsupials
- Quite possibly-humans!
This is just a short list of a wide variety of food dragons eat.
Dragon tales often feature the dragon being able to fly. Dragons have different ways of flying, and some don't even fly at all! Legends of the eastern dragons of Asia don't give the dragons wings, because eastern dragons can fly on their own with their own energy. Mostly, our winged dragons are European, but the Ampithere dragons can fly as well.
Hot and ColdEdit
Two dragons that have confused for the other are the Frost and the European. This is silly to confuse, because the Frost breathes "a frosty blast", and the European breathes fire. The Frost dragon has lighter colors like the icy north and south poles it lives in, while the European dragon has darker colors, such as green, red, black or gold. The Frost dragon is often active at night while the European dragons are most active during the day. They can both talk, but the frost is quiet while the European is extremely talkative.